Activision's Little Computer People



Little Computer People (LCP) was created by Activision for the Commodore 64 in 1985.
Designed by David Crane, based on an original idea by Rich Gold, with music by Russell Lieblich.

After years of speculation and months of intensive work, the Activision Little Computer People Research Group (ALCPRG) has successfully discovered and actually drawn out dozens of small, living creatures who have been trapped in the confines of standard, store-bought computers just like yours.

And now, an inexpensive commercial version of the actual laboratory design is available for your use. Yes, you can own you very own 2 and a half storey House-on-a-Disk and that means you can soon meet a Little Computer person residing inside your computer.

Just look at some of the things you and your new-found friend can do.

Text excerpt taken from the cover of the original disk version of the Little Computer People ©Copyright 1985 Activision Inc.

                              

HUMAN-LIKE BEINGS ACTUALLY FOUND LIVING INSIDE COMPUTERS

Let's look inside your Little Computer Person's (LCP) new House-on-a Disk!

LOAD"LITTLE COMPUTER PEOPLE",8,1

SEARCHING FOR LITTLE COMPUTER PEOPLE


Living Room

Your LCP uses this room for answering/calling telephone, reading the newspaper, lighting the fireplace, and receiving a pat on the head from you!

You can ask your LCP to:
Please Light Fire

Keyboard commands:
[CTRL] C - Rings the telephone for your LCP to answer
[CTRL] P - Pats your LCP on the head if he is sitting down

You should PAT your LCP from time to time to keep him happy - this will also make him much more cooperative when you ask him to do something. If your LCP is not in the Living Room then by pressing [CTRL] P your LCP will know you want to PAT him and he will head to the Living Room.

Kitchen

Your LCP uses this room for cooking meals, eating, drinking water, feeding the dog, washing dishes and playing card games.

You can ask your LCP to:
Please Drink Water
Please Play Cards
Please Feed Dog

Keyboard commands:
[CTRL] F - Delivers food at the front door for your LCP
[CTRL] D - Delivers dog food at the front door for your LCP
[CTRL] W - Fills water tank for your LCP


You can play card or word games with you LCP - Card War, Anagrams or Poker.
Your LCP is a good card player and enjoys winning... He will become depressed if you win too much! You can also play the word game Anagrams and he will give you clues if you need them.

Computer Room

Your LCP uses this room for playing computer games and storing books. This room also has a wall clock that will show the correct time - depending on the time you entered when you started your session.

You can ask your LCP to:
Please Play Computer

Keyboard commands:
[CTRL] B - Delivers a new book at the front door for your LCP

Bathroom


Your LCP uses this room for the obvious... Including brushing his teeth and the occassional shower.

You can ask your LCP to:
Please Brush Teeth

Bedroom


Your LCP uses this room for sleeping, exercising, and storing clothes. This room also has a closet that your LCP will use from time to time, usually to change clothes.

Keyboard commands:
[CTRL] A - Rings the alarm clock

Study

Your LCP uses his typewriter to type letters on how he is feeling and also things he would like to do. The filing cabinet is used for storing card games.

You can ask your LCP to:
Please Type Letter
Please Play Cards

Rec Room

This room is used for watching television, listening and dancing to records, and playing the piano.

You can ask your LCP to:
Please Play Piano
Please Dance
Please Play Record
Keyboard commands:
[CTRL] R - Delivers a new record at the front door for your LCP


Your LCP is an accomplished piano player, preferably classical or rock. He likes dancing to records usually Master of the Lamps, but has been known to mistakenly play the intro of Ghostbusters... At Christmas time your LCP will play Christmas records. He enjoys watching television usually Westerns!

Admit it. Haven't you ever wondered - even just for a second - what really goes on inside your computer? If so, then an important recently-announced research discovery will be of special interest to you!

The answer is fascinating. The discovery itself took dozens of researchers, hundreds of thousands of dollars, the most technically advanced equipment and years of scientific speculation and hard work. The precise process is based on an incredible, state-of-the-art piece of software. It's a unique fully-equipped 2 and half storey "House-on-a-Disk". When loaded into a computer, it will not only draw out one of the Little Computer People but will actually become the Person's permanent residence.

Text excerpt taken from the cover of the original disk version of the Little Computer People ©Copyright 1985 Activision Inc.

There are 5 different character types of LCP, they are:


Young
 (with ears)


Young (with cap)


Mr. Cool (with glasses)


Mid Aged 
(balding)


Old 
(with mustache)

When Little Computer People was developed a list of 252 first names was compiled - these names are:

ANDREW, ADAM, ANTHONY, AARON, ANDY, ALLEN, ALAN, ALEX, ALVIN, ARCHIE, ARNOLD, AUSTIN, BRIAN, BRANDON, BENJAMIN, BRADLEY, BRETT, BLAKE, BRENT, BOBBY, BRAD, BINKY, BARNEY, BART, BAXTER, BENNIE, BUTCH, BILLY, BOGART, BOONE, BORIS, BRONSON, BRUCE, BUCK, BURT, CHARLES, CORY, CURTIS, CARL, COLIN, CODY, CALVIN, CARSON, CARTER, CASEY, CECIL, CLARK, CLIFF, CONRAD, CONWAY, COREY, CURT, DAVID, DAVE, DONALD, DEREK, DREW, DANNY, DARREN, DUNCAN, DWIGHT, ERIC, EDWARD, EVAN, EDGAR, ELLIOTT, ELMER, ELROY, ELVIS, EMMETT, EUGENE, FRANK, FELIX, FLETCHER, FLOYD, FRANCIS, FRANKLIN, FRED, FRITZ, GEOFFREY, GREGORY, GARY, GEORGE, GAYLORD, GRANT, GREG, GROVER, GEOFF, HAL, HAROLD, HANK, HARRY, HARVEY, HECTOR, HENRY, HERMAN, HOBART, HOWARD, HUBERT, HUGH, IAN, IGOR, IRVING, IVAN, JOHN, JAMES, JOSHUA, JEREMY, JEFFREY, JONATHAN, JACOB, JOEL, JACK, JAKE, JASON, JAY, JEFF, JERRY, JIM, JOSEPH, JULIUS, JUSTIN, KEITH, KENNETH, KARL, KENT, KEVIN, LUKE, LOUIS, LAWRENCE, LANCE, LARRY, LEO, LEONARD, LESTER, LIONEL, LUTHER, MICHAEL, MATTHEW, MARK, MARCUS, MACK, MALCOLM, MARTIN, MATT, MAX, MAXWELL, MELVIN, MIKE, MILES, MILTON, MITCH, MITCHELL, MONTY, MORGAN, MORRIS, MORT, MURRAY, MYRON, NATHAN, NEAL, NED, NELSON, NEVIN, NICHOLAS, NICK, NORBERT, NORTON, OGDEN, OLIVER, ORVILLE, OTIS, OZZIE, PAUL, PHILLIP, PALMER, PARKER, PAT, PATRICK, PERCY, PERRY, PETER, PHIL, QUENTIN, RYAN, ROBERT, RICHARD, RUSSELL, RALPH, RANDOLPH, RAYMOND, RICK, ROB, ROCKY, RODNEY, ROGER, RONALD, RON, ROSCOE, ROSS, ROY, RUDOLPH, RUSS, RUSTY, STEVEN, SHAWN, SCOTT, SAMUEL, SAM, SHANE, SANDY, SIDNEY, SKIP, SMITH, SPENCER, STAN, STEVE, STUART, TODD, TAYLOR, TANNERR, TED, TERRANCE, THEODORE, THOMAS, THOR, TIMOTHY, TOBY, TOM, TRAVIS, TROY, TUCKER, TYLER, VANCE, VICTOR, VINCENT, WALLACE, WALT, WALTER, WARREN, WAYNE, WESLEY, WESTON, WHITNEY, WILBUR, WILLIAM, WILL, WINSLOW, WINSTON, WOODY, WYATT, ZEKE.

To communicate with your LCP you use a command line interface at the top of the LCP screen which allows you to type in common words to get your LCP to do various things. There are 160 words that can be used to interact with your LCP. These words are:

ADD, ADDITION, ALLERGIC, ALLERGY, ANAGRAMS, APATHETIC, APPEAR, APPEARS, ATTENTION, AWFUL, BEDROOM, BOOGIE, BORED, BOWL, BRUSH, BURN, CABINET, CAN, CARD, CARDS, CHAIR, CHILLY, CLEAN, CLOSET, COLD, COMMODORE, COMPUTER, CONFIDE, COOLER, DANCE, DISH, DIVIDE, DIVISION, DO, DOG, DRESSER, DRINK, DUST, ENJOY, EXCUSE, FEED, FEVER, FILING, FILL, FIRE, FIREPLACE, FLOSS, FLUID, FLUIDS, FREEZER, FRIDGE, FUGUE, GAME, GET, GLASS, HANGMAN, HANKY, HATE, HEAR, HELLO, HEY, HIS, HOME, HOMEWORK, HOUSE, HYGIENE, IF, IGNITE, IMBIBE, IN, INSIDE, IS, IVORIES, JAZZ, KEEP, KITCHEN, LETTER, LIGHT, LIKE, LIQUID, LIQUIDS, LISTEN, LOG, LOGON, LOOK, LOOKS, MAKE, MATH, MATTER, MESSY, MOO, MULTIPLICATION, MULTIPLY, MUSIC, MUTT, NIGHTSTAND, NOTE, ON, OPEN, OUGHT, PARDON, PERFORM, PET, PIANO, PICK, PLATTER, PLAY, PLAYING, PLEASE, POKER, POLLEN, POOCH, PROBLEM, PROBLEMS, PROGRAM, PUT, RECORD, REFRIGERATOR, RELAX, SEEM, SEEMS, SERENADE, SHOULD, SHOW, SLOPPY, SONATA, SONG, SPIN, START, STEREO, STORED, SUBTRACT, SUBTRACTION, TEETH, TELL, TICKLE, TIDY, TIRED, TROUBLES, TRY, TUNE, TURNTABLE, TV, TYPE, UNTIDY, UP, UPSTAIR, USE, UTILITIES, WAR, WATER, WHAT, WHAT'S, WILL, WOULD, WRITE, YOU.

It is advised to use the word PLEASE in anything you ask your LCP to do. LCP's are very responsive to politeness.

There are 4 different mood types for your LCP, they are:

 
Happy

Content

Sad

Sick

To show your LCP that you are present you can type in: HELLO followed by the name of your LCP. Your LCP will respond by turning towards you and nodding his head. This will also help to keep your LCP happy!